A McAllen man will have his criminal record cleaned up after authorities discovered he didn’t actually commit the crimes.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez filed the motion for expungement last week. It states that from 1997-1999, a man falsely presented himself to law enforcement on five occasions.
The man was convicted of three counts of theft, possession of marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance.
“It isn’t unusual for us to arrest persons all the time and they give us the name of “John Doe” and a date of birth of X, Y, and Z, and if it’s not their real name it become their alias,” said McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.
However, in this case the charges went on the record of a real person.
“Under the code, it gives us the opportunity to file on the victims behalf. That way when the expungement is granted, every law enforcement agency can get notice of what happened to this individual,” said Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez.
CBS 4 News asked Chief Rodriguez how officers can be sure the identity of someone they arrest is accurate.
“It’s not possible, necessarily, to verify,” Chief Rodriguez said.
Ricardo Rodriguez said the best way to make sure your identity isn’t abused is by immediately reporting any suspicion of identity theft to local law enforcement.